January 13, 2021
It was clear that the unfortunate events that occurred at the Capitol last week put many Americans on edge. It has caused death, disappointment, anger, division, etc. A week has gone by, and every news channel is still reeling about the events and their possible effects on our country.
If you were to walk through the doors of St. Peter and into any of our 26 classrooms, you would never know the civil unrest that is impacting our country. You would see students and teachers hard at work as they begin lessons on multiplying decimals, practice writing their spelling words, drill their volleyball serves, or do a quick run around the bell tower. There is no news channel chiming in on presidential matters, there are no notifications about vaccine distribution dinging on their devices, and there are no heated arguments over political policies.
When it comes to these matters, “ignorance is bliss” in the growing minds of young people. They need a solid foundation; fear creates anxiety which undermines such stability. This separation may be common in other workplaces, but I am in awe of how peaceful St. Peter School can be when we take a step back and appreciate an environment where God is at work.
In Christ’s Love,
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The other day Father was talking about the gospel where the angels come to the shepherds to announce the birth of the Lord. The angel said “Fear not! “Father was helping the children understand we need to overcome our fears. He gave a couple of examples of overcoming fear and closed with saying, “Fear not, take ________”. When he called on a child to fill in the blank, this tiny little voice said with some boldness and a very high pitch, “courage!“ The tiniest voice reminding us of the power of God and our need to take courage. The contrast and the voice of God in that child was striking!
Monday, January 18, due to the Teacher In-Service and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
2021-2022 CALENDAR DATES
First day of School – August 16
Christmas Break – December 23-Januray 4
Easter Break – April 14-19
Last Day of School – May 24 for Elementary and May 25 for Pius X
ANNUAL WALK FOR LIFE
The walk at the Lincoln State Capitol is this Saturday, January 16, at 10:00am. Click on 9 Days for Life for details on the national March for Life later in January.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Grandparents Day – 8th Grade Volleyball Fundraiser – Sadly, Grandparents Day as we knew it in the past will be cancelled. The volleyball game has been postponed. Please stay tuned for a potential later date. We hope to keep many of the other traditions as part of this exciting week for our school. Schedule will be forthcoming.
NO BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT
As the dial stays on red, there will be no Back-to-School night. Teachers may be sending informational packets home with your children soon.
Let’s make sure we are focusing on the right priorities. Masks over both nose and mouth are necessary, and the children seem to be doing very well. We have moved from disinfecting the building twice a day to once a day. See the article for our rationale.
ATTENTION BAND GRADES 6 AND 8
A reminder that band this week will be on Friday instead of Wednesday. Please remember to bring your instruments and music on Friday. – Mr. Murphy
This event will be here soon! If you will have a Kindergartener for Fall 2021, please stop by the office and fill out a “Pre-Application for Kindergarten” form or the office can send you the form; email Margaret-Aldridge@cdolinc.net. We no longer have a waiting list or screening process as we have ample room in Kindergarten. Your child must be 5 years old by July 31, 2021 to come to Kindergarten. We will have packets prepared for those who we know will be in attendance for Kindergarten Preview on Feb. 10 at 5:00pm in Bishop Vasa Hall. Invite your neighbors or anyone who might want to consider our program to join you. Be sure and introduce them to Sister at the meeting.
We have an advanced signup process for preschool. Finding quality preschool and care for your little ones requires advanced planning. Sign them up well in advance—see the office staff for details or email Margaret-Aldridge@cdolinc.net. Your child must be 4 years old by July 31, 2021 to attend our pre-Kindergarten PreSchool program.
VILLA MARIE SCHOOL VIRTUAL EVENT
The students of Villa Marie invite you to join them for the A HEART Like His Virtual Dance on January 29th at 6pm. Pre-register at https://villamariewaverly.brushfire.com
· Entertainment by Freedom Train, Dave Egr and Bethany Lynn
· Students courageously share their life stories
· Tribute to Msgr. James D. Dawson
· Matching gift available up to $9,000
Raffle opens on January 8 – https://go.rallyup.com/vmraffle
Auction and Wine Pull open on January 22:
Raffle, Auction and Wine Pull will close February 5 at 10pm.
Please share this virtual night of entertainment and heartfelt student sharing with your friends and family!
MENTAL HEALTH MINUTE
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center at CSS “Mental Health Minute” for this week: Three Types of Happy Lives by Dr. Jeff Vance. The IHMCC website also contains resources and additional information about their services.
St. Peter School is participating in the SCIP (School Community Intervention & Prevention) program. SCIP is designed to bring together families, school, and the community to support student behavioral and emotional health. SCIP offers resources, trainings, and events to provide education and raise awareness for teachers, counselors, and all those who serve our community, including our parents! If you would like to learn more about SCIP, the website is https://scipnebraska.com/.
TEAMMATES MENTORS NEEDED
St. Peter School has implemented the TeamMates program within the school. Do you want to make a difference in a young person’s life? TeamMates provides positive relationships, support, and encouragement for students. A mentor would meet with a student one time a week at St. Peter School for 30 to 45 minutes. A three hour training (via Zoom) will be available in December. If you are interested, please contact Chris Jacobsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DREXEL ASSISTANCE FUND
This week a parent transferred their lunch balance to the Drexel fund as lunch is provided at no cost to you through the end of this academic year. Thank you! This fund is named after St. Katherine Drexel who contributed magnanimously to the education of the underprivileged. We have students with financial need for things like glasses, lunch money for occasional doubles, uniforms, etc. If you would consider contributing to the fund, we would appreciate your help. If you’d like to help, please send a check to the office, marked Drexel Fund and we promise to make very good use of your charity.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
Mondays are the day assigned to our parish to have a presence at Planned Parenthood. Join us if you are able.
Scrip Sales for January 4-10 were $16,775 with a profit of $451.
E-Scrip is sent home on the 1st and 16th of the month. To sign up or make changes to your order, please fill out and return the E-Scrip registration form through your child's backpack, or contact Scrip Coordinator Bridget Paseka at 402-480-5463 or email@example.com.
Scrip Volunteers for January 16/17 Masses: 4:00pm Jody Olsson, 8:00am N Nancy Ryan, 9:30am April Lieb, 11:00 Andrea Ulrich. Thank you for volunteering!
Golf and Cross Country Relays will be held this Spring. Sign up at https://cysi.org/info/. Forms need to be turned in to St Peter's ATTN Athletic Director by Friday, Jan 15. Questions? Please contact Marcy Woita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article on Catholic Education speaks to our need to embrace faith in the midst of a secular society
VOLUNTEER NURSE NEEDED
We are still in need of a volunteer nurse on Wednesdays and some Fridays. The hours are 9:00am-1:00pm, or hours that work with your schedule. It is not required that you be a nurse, but a medical background is helpful. If interested or have questions, please contact the school at 402-421-6299 or email@example.com.
BACKGROUND SCREEN/SAFE ENVIRONMENT
The Diocese requires all faculty, staff, and volunteers for any event to complete the online Safe Environment (SE) training yearly and background screens every five years. Please check with the school office first (402-421-6299 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out your dates of completion to determine if you need a background screen, SE training, or both.
Please remember to bring food on Fridays for Catholic Social Services. The children also have a mission collection weekly. We encourage children to bring a little of their own money, or to do an extra job for which they can earn funds to give to the Missionary Childhood Association. Money will be sent directly to the front office for sanitary reasons.
9 Days for Life Jan. 21-29
Ice vs. Heat
Can I Go Back in Yet? (Return to Play)
When is an injury really an injury?